Welcome to the official Music on the Green website.
4th November 2013
After 13 wonderful years, it is with great regret that we announce that the 2013 Martlesham Music On The Green will be the last to be staged.
Music on the Green started as a small village day and developed into a fantastic free festival; one of the main events in the Suffolk music calendar. It attracted crowds of around 10,000 and it is this achievement that has been its downfall.
Stuart Gordon, Chairman of the organising committee said “The day was a victim of its own success. With such vast crowds we were being asked to tone things down and close early at future events. This made the Music Day unviable”.
Committee member Steve Lamb commented “The early closure stipulation also created another problem of the security of both the Green and the equipment. If we finished in the early evening, hundreds of people would stay around enjoying the summer night. This gave us a real concern as to who was responsible after the Village Day finished”.
Stuart Gordon added “This real concern, along with the additional burden of higher costs and a shorter day, brought enormous pressures on the volunteer committee. As such we decided that we would no longer run the day. It is a real shame as it brought great pleasure to thousands of people and raised significant donations to EACH and other charities over its life. It was a community event run by the community for the community. ”
The committee have decided to donate the remaining funds to charity. Further background can be found on our Closure Q+A page
Notes to Editors:
Music on the Green aims to provide a Village Day which generates funds for local organisations and charities, whilst offering a quality musical event for the local public and the musicians. Its key drivers are:
- A) Keep the Village Day alive and vibrant within the community
- B) Have a large attendance to maximise charity giving
- C) Provide the opportunity for young bands to experience performing at a large, professionally run event
Contact - Stuart Gordon (Chairman)
Telephone - 07718 658100
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org